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Brain Reorganization, Recovery and Organized Care

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Essential to stroke rehabilitation is the accurate diagnosis and management of neurological deficits. Stroke affects the physical, psychological, and emotional health of the patient and often results in long-term disability. As well, stroke severity and location can impact the brain's mechanisms of reorganization and the patient's rehabilitation needs. Effective stroke rehabilitation programs are characterised by an interdisciplinary team working cohesively and closely to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation program for each patient. These programs vary in terms of the types of therapies offered as well as their intensity and duration. There is also a growing interest in outpatient stroke rehabilitation as a less expensive alternative to hospital-based programs. This chapter focuses on post-stroke outcomes and the impact of rehabilitation, as well as outpatient rehabilitation.